New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

Prayer tones up the total life. . . . I am better or worse as I pray more or less. If my prayer life sags, my whole life sags with it; if my prayer life goes up, my life as a whole goes up. To fail here means I fail all down the line; to succeed here means I succeed everywhere.

—E. Stanley Jones, How to Pray, with commentary by Tom Albin (E. Stanley Jones Foundation and Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today’s Question

How would you describe your prayer life? If you don’t have a set time to pray, consider starting with 10 minutes a day. Write it on your calendar. Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
—1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious Christ, teach me to pray. . . . Give me the mind to pray, the love to pray, the will to pray. Let prayer be the aroma of every act, the atmosphere of every thought, my native air. In your name. Amen. [Prayer by E. Stanley Jones]
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

The Upper Room has a long history of supporting The United Methodist Church General Conference in prayer. We are seeking volunteers to serve in our prayer ministry at General Conference in Charlotte, NC, April 23-May 3, 2024. Apply to be a prayer room volunteer by March 24. Learn more here!

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Liturgy of the Palms

Liturgy of the Passion

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  • robert moeller Posted March 18, 2024 6:08 am

    My prayers are short, often no more than “Thank You, Lord”. I do pray for others by name. There is morning and evening prayer. Situations during the day receive prayer. I pray that “awaiting moderation” will soon go away.
    Hopeful for a ski area focused snowfall this week. Spring is on the way, the ski season is coming to an end.
    Lenten blessings to all as we approach Holy Week. Thank You, Lord.

  • Ally Posted March 18, 2024 5:54 pm

    I pray daily, but sometimes, My prayers are hurried. Actually, that is a lot of the time. Lord, help me to take time to talk to You. Most importantly, open my ears so I may hear Your voice.

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